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Science's role in balancing people and planet

This month, ECOS moves to a new home, but its 41-year archive will continue to be freely accessible online. That archive tells the story of how sustainability science evolved in Australia. So where did it all begin?

Mary-Lou Considine     18-Feb-2015

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In this issue

Issue 203


Can the property development industry deliver climate-ready cities?
Developers often cop criticism for being environmental vandals who'd do anything in the name of profit. But the industry is complex, ranging from one-off ‘mum and dad' investors to global corporations. One thing they all have in common is that what they produce – residential and commercial developments – will need to perform in future environments that may call into question how or why the structures were built in the first place.
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Australian farmers face increasing threat of new diseases: report
A nationwide outbreak of foot and mouth disease; an invasion of a devastating wheat disease; our honeybees completely wiped out. These are just three possible disastrous scenarios facing Australia; they're considered in the Australia’s Biosecurity Future report recently published by CSIRO and its partners.
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Mapping East Asia’s disappearing tidal flats
Who speaks for the tidal flat? There are many voices for the mangrove forest, the coral reef and the seagrass meadow, but the chorus for the mud, sand and silt flats that sit hidden under shallow water for most of the tidal cycle is often silent.
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Bushfires kill, but knowing exactly how might make them less deadly
The latest round of bushfires, which claimed 27 homes in the Adelaide Hills, has once again highlighted the importance of planning for the worst. Mercifully, no human lives were lost, and it will be important to learn whatever lessons we can to avoid future tragedies.
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Explainer: the RV Investigator's role in marine science
We know more about the surface of the moon than we do about our deepest oceans, and only 12 per cent of the ocean floor within Australia's Exclusive Economic Zone has so far been mapped.
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In Brief - Round-up of sustainability news

Corporate global leaders commit to 100% renewables
Melting glaciers impact carbon balance as well as sea levels
Public transport could save Australian commuters up to $10,000 a year
Scientists map critical koala food areas for conservation
Sea-level rise from 1990 to present higher than previously thought
‘Roller-coasting’ over Himalayas helps birds avoid altitude sickness
Visiting a park could save your life, scientists say
Humans have become a ‘planetary-scale force in a single lifetime’
Trade winds influence oxygen levels in tropical oceans
Predicting coral reef futures under climate change
Vanishing trees could leave cities bereft of wildlife
Household pollutants detected around Antarctic stations
Migrating shorebird populations 'running on empty'
Hidden secrets of the Tasman's giant internal 'waves'

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